11 Back-To-School Things I Often Forget

While I do my best to prepare, I am no back-to-school expert, if you couldn’t tell by the title of this post. I sometimes rely on last-minute shipping and friends, and then I gather the rest of the things a good week or so into the school year. We are late bloomers here in New York, not getting into the full swing of school until after Labor Day. While I am savoring the last few days with my crew, I am equally giddy for a work schedule that is more predictable this school year. Here’s a list of things I often forget to buy and do. And maybe, this serves as a reminder for you as well. Happy back-to-school!

1. A long-sleeved shirt to last. Because early mornings get cool here quick, and I am sure arms are much longer than last year.

2. Chiffon scrunchies for wild curls that often need to be pulled back. Also this, because I heard September is the worst (though we’ve never had it)! Better to be prepared.

3. Because River long-legs, things just don’t quite fit. And tights to cover up those legs when the weather cools practically overnight.

4. This summer we lost three water bottles. A record. Hoping these will stick around.

5. The first few weeks can be stressful for little guys. Back-up required.

6. A reminder that he may reject new fall shoes, and stick to his summer ones with cool socks. At least he’s got style.

7, A mini back-pack, though most schools require a big one…

8. Snack packs instead of plastic containers for lunch, because playing the matching game at 6:30 in the morning isn’t ideal.

9. Practical sneakers for post school playground running with friends. Pretty clogs because this is the year I will not forget. It also feels like the year she won’t let me live it down if I do.

10. A reusable bag to place in their backpacks for the endless amount of parent papers that get hidden at the bottom.

11. A book to read to learn about 7 kids around the world doing something similar to them. And one to read to feel a bit more confident in their unique names, on the eve of the first day of school.

P.S Other back-to-school thoughts right here.

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5 thoughts on “11 Back-To-School Things I Often Forget

  • Reply Anaïs August 29, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I’m a white, french-speaking woman from a small town near Brussels in Belgium. I feel like our lifes are soo different, yet I love what you do and who you are (at least what you share. Your blog is a reference for me. Your words speak to my mind and my heart. I discover Shishi Rose thanks to you. I love your activism, your style and your writing. Thank you for the content you provide on Instagram and here.

    Wish you the best.

    • Reply latonya August 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Anaïs!

      Thank you so much for reading and following along, it really means a lot. And I am happy that my words resonate with you!


  • Reply adalhi August 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    *orders back up water bottles!

    I just printed this out-and taking to next target run. 1st year of school for my oldest (eck!) and I thought I had everything planned out and bought but realized NOPE, haha thankful for this!

    • Reply latonya August 30, 2018 at 3:56 pm


      I got your back! Seriously! We always think we are prepared, and then like… wait!

      Happy this helped

  • Reply Sarah September 1, 2018 at 3:51 am

    I love Alma and How She Got Her Name! It’s the sweetest. I bought it because my daughter’s name is actually Alma and it’s in constant rotation in our house.

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